A. Women who breast-feed have a delay in resumption of ovulation postpartum. It is probably safest to resume contraceptive use in the third postpartum month for those who breast-feed full time, and in the third postpartum week for those who do not breastfeed.

B. A nonhormonal contraceptive or progesterone-containing hormonal contraceptive can be started at any time; an estrogen-containing oral contraceptive pill should not be started before the third week postpartum because women are still at increased risk of thromboembolism prior to this time. Oral contraceptive pills can decrease breast milk, while progesterone-containing contraceptives may increase breast milk.

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

New Mothers Guide to Breast Feeding

For many years, scientists have been playing out the ingredients that make breast milk the perfect food for babies. They've discovered to day over 200 close compounds to fight infection, help the immune system mature, aid in digestion, and support brain growth - nature made properties that science simply cannot copy. The important long term benefits of breast feeding include reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and some forms of childhood cancer. The more that scientists continue to learn, the better breast milk looks.

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